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Lymington Lifeboat first on scene to assist with severe asthma attack.

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.55pm on Saturday 7 October Lymington Lifeboat launched at the request of Lymington Harbour Master to a casualty in need of urgent assistance. A rib was steaming towards the Yacht Haven with an 18 year old woman having a severe asthma attack.

Lymington Lifeboat speeds away from launch site

RNLI/Joanna Styles

Lymington Lifeboat launches to Pan Pan distress call

The ambulance had been called by HM Coastguard and asked to meet the rib at Lymington Yacht Haven. The Lifeboat arrived on scene just 5 minutes after launch, came alongside the rib and started to assess the casualty.

The young woman had been sailing in the Solent when she started having difficulty breathing and experiencing chest pains. The yachts skipper had put out a Pan Pan distress call to Solent Coastguard asking for urgent assistance. A nearby support rib was used to evacuate the woman as fast as possible and bring her to shore.

Initial assessment by the Lifeboat crew confirmed that the casualty had a dangerously high respiratory rate and required immediate medical care.

The Lifeboat crew set about calming and reassuring the casualty, whilst initiating treatment. The casualty was handed over to an Ambulance crew at 1.30pm.

Helmsman Phil Baker later commented ‘After experiencing a severe asthma attack for around 45 minutes, the casualty was in desperate need of medication and oxygen. We are relieved to have been there to administer this care and stabilise the patient. As RNLI volunteers we are here to answer the call to rescue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in our local communities.’

Crew: Phil Baker (Helm), Greg Pachany, Simon Nuding, Gunnar Christensen.

RNLI Contact details:

Jo Styles, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, Lymington Lifeboat Station (07725) 640871 [email protected]

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, SE and London (07785) 296252 [email protected]

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